What Happens To Your Body “One Hour” After Drinking Alcohol According To Science

DRINKING alcohol can take its toll on the body – it is a depressant, which means it slows down your body’s responses in all kinds of ways. But what really happens when people have a drink?

On average, experts say it takes about one hour for your body to break down one unit of alcohol – although this can vary depending your age, weight and metabolism.

Alcohol can cause physical health problems, including high blood pressure, stroke, liver disease and cancer.

Dr Clare Morrison, GP has explained how alcohol works.

“After you drink alcohol and it enters your body, the alcohol is absorbed into the blood via the stomach and the small intestine. The effects of this can be felt about 10 minutes after first drinking it.

“The effects will then become fully apparent after around 30-90 minutes and will then be carried throughout all the organs in the body,” she said.

“The majority of breaking down alcohol from an intoxicant to water and carbon dioxide is performed by our liver, with the small amount left over being excreted by the lungs, which is why alcohol breath tests work, through the kidneys and also through sweating.

“The majority of breaking down alcohol from an intoxicant to water and carbon dioxide is performed by our liver, with the small amount left over being excreted by the lungs, which is why alcohol breath tests work, through the kidneys and also through sweating.

“Our liver can only do so much, which means it can only normally break down around one standard unit of alcohol per hour.

“The feeling of being drunk actually comes when our blood alcohol concentration rises which happens when we’re drinking more alcohol than our liver can break down.

“Some people may find that they can drink more than others and feel less of an effect, this is due to a number of factors, including body type, how recently the person has eaten, how quickly alcohol is consumed, age, sex and how often alcohol is drunk by a person.”

Dr Morrison has listed ten ways drinking can affect the body.

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